CNN/ORC Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 6, 2014

    Fifty-five percent of Americans favor making cannabis legal for adults, according to the findings of a CNN/ORC International survey released late Monday. The percentage is the highest ever reported by the survey, which has been tracking public opinion on the issue since 1973, and marks a 12 percentage point jump in support since the last time pollsters posed the question in 2012.

    In addition, only 35 percent of those polled responded that consuming cannabis was “morally wrong” — down from 70 percent in 1987, the last time pollsters posed the question.

    The CNN/ORC polled surveyed 1,010 Americans and possesses a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

    The survey’s findings are similar to those of a fall 2013 Gallup poll which reported nationwide support for legalizing marijuana at 58 percent, the highest level of support ever recorded in a national scientific poll.

    47 responses to “CNN/ORC Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization”

    1. Corporate Prohibition says:

      One prohibition should remain: the prohibition of corporations to grow/harvest/cultivate any cannabis plant. Corporations are the ones who started this whole mess. Let the people grow cannabis.

    2. DavidCorner says:

      If this is a free country then why aren’t our elected representatives listening to us? I want to cry! Like this: :`(

    3. TheOracle says:

      It’s time to legalize on the East Coast. That means the feds have to stay out of the way. NYC has got to go at least cannabis neutral, not enforcing any non-nuisance cannabis laws. Irresponsible use (according to how the cannabis community frames the definition)is still punishable. Cannabis clubs and retail sales on the overflow proceeds are simply let alone by LEOs and other harassing government entities of any kind.

      A majority of Americans now want legalization, looks to me like there’s about 3 generations who’ve been exposed to positive things about recreational cannabis use, as opposed to abuse or irresponsible cannabis use such as that David Brooks wrote about. (His syndicated column contribution to cannabis prohibition just made it into the editorial pages of the small city market circulation of rural Pennsylvania.) Brooks wrote about effing up an English class presentation because he got wasted on weed beforehand. Dumbass, it’s be the same as if you stole some of your parents’ vodka, watered it down and got wasted with that before your spotlight appearance. Then, another thing about one of their friends being high all the time. If this friend was awake they were getting and staying high obsessively and compulsively long-term. All of his concerns have been addressed so Brooks you’re essay is moot. Lots of famous people who used and still use cannabis are examples of success. Even the parents who’ve admitted they used to their kids and quit because they didn’t like it can be viewed by their kids as everyman successes, not losers, gainful incomes, responsible parents and people.

      Where are all the good jobs? There’s a lot of resistance to raising the minimum wage to try to turn McJobs into living wage jobs. You prohibitionists don’t have a freakin’ plan to make jobs or you’d be implementing it.

      You need to het the hell out of the way of legalization.

      Just let the industry come above ground.

      You want to orchestrate this very carefully in your Arbeitspolitik. In states like Colorado and soon Washington you want to make sure to avoid too many jobs be lost in the state because they move to the neighboring states that have decided to legalize. Other states need the money too, just haven’t come around that corner yet.

      You may compare the scenario I mean with all the cannabis tourists coming to the Maastricht area in the Netherlands where you have simultaneously a multi-sided crackdown on cannabis. The Dutch in Limburg Province have and are not allowing coffeeshop sales to nonresidents whilst the grows have moved to neighboring countries as has been reported in Belgium and Germany. Germany reports police profiling people possibly returning from farther in the country where the weedpass is not in effect.

      So you could have Colorado selling to nonresidents and despite crackdowns by authorities in neighboring states those states legalizing as well. Then things move to the neighboring states where the cannabis consumers are. They’re not going to drive to Colorado anymore. You want to minimize the unemployment caused by the expansion of the industry into yet another state, more and more states.

      The situation between Canada–British Columbia–and Washington is different because there are checkpoints at the border. Over in the Netherlands and that area the border checkpoints have been eliminated by the Schengen Agreement. It’d be nice to have something like that with Canada and Mexico, solidify the checkpoints at the border with Latin America, if that were workable in a utopian way with lots of win-wins and short on drawbacks, I mean, you got to get some of their great tropical sativas in the shops.

      You got instant jobs and tax revenues internationally all over the world, along with the NGOs and business networks to gather intelligence. You want to follow the money and make sure it doesn’t end up in the hands of our enemies. The U.S. has to control this game. Cannabis needs to be traded internationally in US dollars.

    4. Bob Constantine says:

      Of course with the “legalization” of cannabis, the Police will be reducing their staffs since “crime” will drop…no wait.

    5. Todd says:

      I think heads will only roll after weed is legal. Our democratically elected leaders are just going to wait it out (see Custer’s Last Stand).

    6. Stanleyj says:

      @Davidcorner, don’t cry, but understand that this isn’t as “free” a country as it once was and it’s not democratic one either. It’s a republic. Which is elected officials making our decisions for us in a democratic fashion. So it becomes very important for activism to put pressure on them so they understand that when they need our vote….they better listen to our view. So turn that frown up-side-down and find out who you can vote for that supports Cannabis.:)))

    7. nunya biz says:

      I’m going to use cannabis no matter what the laws are. So is everyone else. So government, you can have my money by legalizing it or i’ll keep giving it to my buddy tax free!

    8. I have a perfect solution. I propose we take it back to the Anslinger days when marijuana was growing wild.
      Plant you seeds, Make more weed.

    9. Robert says:

      It will not take long before it’s legalized everywhere and everybody can grow their own bud 🙂 Download my free marijuana grow guide if you want to grow like a pro!


    10. phrtao says:

      I Think the time has come for each state to have the legalisation question debated/voted on. There is enough public opinion to justify asking the electorate at state level what their views are. Some would go for it – some may not but it is certainly time to ask the question. The challenge is to those who support prohibition to have the courage to ask the question. The tables have turned now.